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Professor Indira Carr

Research Professor
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Surrey Business School.



Professor Indira Carr joined the School of Law at the University of Surrey on October 1, 2007 having previously taught at the Universities of Warwick, Exeter, Kent and Middlesex. She is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at University College, London. She became the Associate Dean Research for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law on October 1, 2011.

The principal area of Professor Carr's research is international business law, especially the challenges to international trade and globalisation from emerging technologies, development issues, contrasting values, and the issues and impediments posed by harmonisation of laws. Her current research relates to corruption and she is working at the cutting edge of this growing and important research area. She is one of very few researchers in the UK looking at the issues from an international legal perspective. Professor Carr was awarded a grant by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a research project on the limitations of law in combating corruption in international business. The final report of the project, completed in July 2009, was awarded a grade of 'Outstanding' by the AHRC. For further information on the project visit Professor Carr also received two grants from the British Academy to research on the use of conditionalities to combat corruption and the use of CSR as a means of controlling corruption, especially in developing countries.

Professor Carr has published books and research papers in the areas of International Trade Law and Information Technology Law. Her International Trade Law, published by Routledge, is a standard textbook on many undergraduate and postgraduate Law programmes both in the UK and abroad. She also edits the highly successful interdisciplinary journal Information and Communications Technology Law (published by Taylor & Francis).

Professor Carr is a member of both the AHRC and ESRC peer review college. She was previously a member of the research advisory committee of Transparency International (UK) for their project on Corruption in the UK and their National Integrity Study. She sits on a six-member committee convened by the Defence and Security Counter-Corruption Programme, Transparency International (UK) to advise on the Defence Anti-Corruption Metric for Governments and Armed Forces Anti-Corruption Metric for Defence Companies.

Having obtained her PhD in Philosophy, Professor Carr retains a strong interest in Philosophy. She has also published in this area. Her co-edited Companion Encyclopedia to Asian Philosophy (covering Persian, Indian, Buddhist, Chinese, Japanese and Islamic philosophical traditions) published by Routledge is a widely used reference book. She continues to co-edit the highly rated journal Asian Philosophy published by Routledge.

Professor Carr is currently supervising PhD students on Corruption, Foreign Direct Investment and Rotterdam Rules on the carriage of goods by sea. She welcomes applications from students wishing to pursue PhD studies in the fields of International Trade Law and Corruption.

Research interests

Professor Carr is currently working on two related projects focusing on corruption: Corruption in Natural Resources Sector and Anti-Corruption Commissions. She will be presenting a research paper in Australia this November at the Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference. For her many research papers on corruption please see under 'Publications'.

Professor Carr with Professor David Goss has established an interdisciplinary Corruption Research Group at Surrey which has drawn wide membership from academia, CSOs, international organisations and practitioners. For further information about this Group please visit Corruption is an important research theme at Surrey touching various disciplines such as business studies, corporate governance, international development, poverty studies, politics and anthropology. The School of Law and the Surrey Business School have run two successful interdisciplinary workshops - 'Corruption in International Business' in 2008 and 'Corruption in a Globalised World' in 2010.

Departmental duties

Director of Research



Member of SLS

My publications


Professor Indira Carr

The United Nations Convention on Corruption: Making a Real Difference to the Quality of Life of Millions?

Professor Indira Carr & Dr Opi Outhwaite

The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention Ten Years On

Surveying Corruption in International BusinessWe thank the editor and publisher of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Lawfor giving their permission to include the article on this website.